Hurricane Safety Tips

Hurricane season is currently in full swing in North America. The season runs from the beginning of June to the end of November. Wherever you live, it is important to prepare in advance for the possibility that a tornado, hurricane, or tropical storm could strike your area.

Follow these tips to keep yourself, your family, and your property safe.

  • Have a plan in place. Whether at home or work, you should plan with those around you to understand what needs to be done when evacuating or sheltering in place. Agreeing on a plan in advance helps to reduce confusion and chaos in the moment.
  • Make sure your home is prepared. If damaging weather is predicted, prepare your home by moving items like furnishings and electronics up and out of flood danger. Unplug appliances and electronics to keep them from damage due to electrical surges. Outside your home, remove or secure any items that could cause damage or injury by becoming airborne.
  • Keep track of the storm. Follow the weather reports and official announcements closely to keep yourself informed. This will help you to judge whether and when you should evacuate, or when it is safe to return to your home once the storm passes.
  • Be careful after the storm. Once the storm passes, proceed with extreme caution. Gas and carbon monoxide leaks are common after storms, and buildings that suffer damage should be approached carefully. When checking for damage to your property, walk carefully and be mindful of loose power lines or dangerous structural damage.

Create your emergency plan today so you can weather any storm with confidence.